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  • Church Services

    Pine Knot News|Jun 21, 2024

    Apostolic Lutheran Church Pastor Nathan Juntunen 25 Church Road, Esko 218-879-3882 [email protected] www.esko-apostolic.org Communion 1st & 3rd Sundays 9 a.m. Sunday School 10 a.m. Worship service, all ages 11 a.m. coffee & fellowship Services on Esko Apostolic YouTube channel Bethany/Bethlehem Lutheran Parish www.bethanybethlehem.org Bethany Lutheran Church 5660 Hwy 210, Cromwell 218-644-3640 bethany55726@ yahoo.com Worship 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School Women’s bible study 9:30 a.m. first Wed. Bethany Beacons women’s ministry 9 a.m. sec... Full story

  • Forgotten heroes in McGregor

    Jun 14, 2024

    An official raising and presentation of the first flags by the 934th Air Force Civil Engineer Reserve Unit will start at 1 p.m. Saturday, June 15 at the Forgotten Heroes Ranges and Retreat at 23796 450th St., McGregor, Minnesota.These flags were flown over national and state capitals in honor of the Forgotten Heroes retreat, which aims to provide handicap accessible outdoor rifle, pistol and archery ranges, along with a veterans center, camp sites, pathways and a fire pit area. Find directions and more information at Forgott... Full story

  • Senior day is a blowout success

    Jana Peterson|Jun 14, 2024

    The senior citizens turned out early for the fifth annual Cloquet Senior Day, and found lots of vendors, food trucks and information waiting for them. Almost 30 vendors lined the walkways southeast of the picnic shelter at Veterans Park, offering everything from jewelry and cookware to cleaning services and free newspapers, plus a wide array of booths simply offering information about local resources for more than 150 seniors, plus plenty of free swag for the taking. WKLK's Dwight Cadwell...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jun 14, 2024

    The Cromwell community thanks Terry and Peggy Olson and family for putting up all the American flags on veteran graves for Memorial Day. Remembering our veterans with flags is a great tradition. Take time to fly the flag on Flag Day, June 14. Several area folks motored to Pine River on June 8 to celebrate Ryanne Schultz’s graduation from high school and college. Ryanne got a two-year community college degree along with her high school diploma, all while working part time in her junior and s...

  • Esko grads have their night

    Jun 7, 2024

    Family and friends filled the Esko gymnasium Friday night, May 31, to cheer on 104 graduates in the Class of 2024. Student speeches were given, including one by Andrew Osborne that drew a standing ovation. The band and choir groups played on a picture-perfect evening.... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|Jun 7, 2024

    I was able to attend the Floodwood’s graduation on May 31. This class has been very special to me, as I have subbed for them since kindergarten. When you are a substitute teacher, you follow them all the way through their school years, and many of them become special friends. I’d like to share the following poem with them and all our area seniors: To the Class of 2024: I’m glad I was your teacher, and I will miss you so. I can’t believe the end is here. I hate to let you go. Remember all the...

  • Carlton Happenings

    Leola Rodd|Jun 7, 2024

    Congratulations to all the 2024 graduates in the area. Good luck and best wishes in your future endeavors. Let the graduation parties begin. This is the time for families to celebrate and honor their graduates’ accomplishments. Mark your calendars, this year’s Carlton Daze will be held July 26-28. More to come in the next Carlton Happenings column. Carlton Community CleanUp was held May 17. Despite the rainy and damp weather, 121 students and 13 staff braved the elements to rake 10 yards and...

  • Civil War veteran to be honored

    May 31, 2024

    Charles B. Oswell, the last Civil War veteran buried in Carlton County, will be honored in a ceremony at 3 p.m. Saturday, June 1, at Atkinson Community Cemetery, 2589 County Road 144.. The ceremony is open to the public, veterans, and Civil War history buffs. Oswell’s descendants are most cordially invited to attend as special guests. Born in Oslo, Norway, in 1847, Oswell enlisted into Company C of the 14th New Hampshire Volunteer Infantry Regiment Feb. 15, 1865. He served with his regiment in Georgia and mustered out on July 8 1865 at S...

  • Students have a field day

    May 31, 2024

    Washington Elementary students in Cloquet had a whole lot of fun at the annual Field Day on May 23. Principal Robbi Mondati reported a "perfect day" that went "incredibly well." Events included a tug-of-war and bubble making....

  • Math magic

    May 31, 2024

    Students from Cloquet Middle School plus Churchill and Washington elementaries participated in the Math Masters tournament in Duluth in April. Students competed individually and as teams on eight sets of math problems. Colton Grussendorf, Clyde Hubred, Damien Brown, and Wrayllin Benjamin-Hall took home individual awards. The team of Colton Grussendorf, Paisley Crotteau, Ethan Hansen, Edda Pawielski, and Damien Brown placed seventh in the fifth-grade division while the team of Wraylin...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 31, 2024

    Our sympathies to the family of longtime Wright resident Edna Samuelson, 91, who passed away on May 18 in Duluth. A funeral was held for her on May 24. The volunteers at the Villa Vista/Cardinal Court were thanked at a breakfast on May 22. They were treated to egg bake, muffins, fruit, coffee and juice. There are many ways to volunteer at our care facility, just stop in and ask if you can be of help in any way or take the time to visit the residents. As most of you may have noticed, the...

  • Memorial Day ceremonies set for Monday, Sunday

    Pine Knot News|May 24, 2024

    Observed on the last Monday of May, Memorial Day was originally set aside to honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting and decorating cemetery graves or holding family gatherings. Unofficially, it marks the beginning of the summer season. Local honor guard members and other veterans groups treat Memorial Day — and their stops at various cemeteries — as a sacred duty. Cloquet Combined Honor Guard Captain Rich Chassé said... Full story

  • Hail to the graduates!

    Pine Knot News|May 24, 2024

    Cromwell-Wright kicked off the Carlton County high school graduation season last Friday, May 17, ending the ceremony with a spray of confetti. Many of the other graduations in the area are scheduled for today, with more next week. Starting on Page 25 of issue of the Pine Knot you will find the graduation section, with details on graduation ceremonies and photos of the members of the Class of 2024. Beginning on Page 9, find out what honors seniors received in Cloquet and Esko. The Pine Knot... Full story

  • Kalevala car show draws a big crowd

    Dan Reed|May 24, 2024

    More than 60 vehicles drove in for the "Bring What You Got" car get-together at the Kalevala Cultural Center Sunday near Kettle River. "It was awesome," commented Sam Huhta, one of the event organizers. Car styles ranged from classic, rat, antique, unique, hot rods and dragsters, among others. The event drew at least 125 area people to present and admire. Locals Dean Johnson, John Gran and Huhta were the spark plugs for the event. There was no official judging, people were asked to bring a...

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 24, 2024

    As of May 15, I have completed all my cancer treatments. The staff at the infusion center at St. Luke’s gave me an unexpected sendoff. They gave me a small lap quilt, a “St. Luke’s Survivor” hat pin, a certificate of completion, and sang “Happy Graduation to You.” Now my cancer journey is complete, barring any more health issues. This past year has gone by fast, but at the time I was getting chemo and radiation, it seemed like I would never be done. Again, my sincere thanks for all the prayers...

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|May 24, 2024

    This year, the Memorial Day program has been expanded. Please join us at 9 a.m. Monday, May 27 at the Kettle River American Legion building for a brief program and taps, with a three-volley salute honoring our veterans by the Moose Lake-Kettle River Honor Guard. Mark your calendar for the Holy Trinity/Faith Lutheran Jump into June early sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Friday, May 31 at the Kettle River Senior Center. This will be a plant and bake sale. The Ma & Pa Kettle Days Mud Bog committee is holding a fundraising event 12-6 p.m. Saturday, June 1 at...

  • Photos: A honking good time

    Mike Creger|May 17, 2024

    The kids kept coming, but you didn't need to see it to notice it. What started as a few scattered horn blasts from big equipment at South Terrace Elementary school in Carlton last Thursday evening, May 9, soon crescendoed into one constant blast from a bus, semi, dump truck and various other vehicles at the annual Transportation Night. Kids were taking turns on a makeshift swing on the back of a Cars Towing truck, with a toy tow truck and a flag as added bonuses. They climbed into the empty... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 17, 2024

    Our sympathies to the family of Dale H. Borchardt, 78, of Tulsa, Oklahoma, who died April 16. He was born in Carlton and grew up on the family farm with his brother, and two sisters. He attended school in Cromwell. Cromwell-Wright graduation is at 7 p.m. Friday, May 17. The Floodwood VFW and Auxiliary will honor our veterans at 11 a.m. at the city park in Wright on Memorial Day, May 27. Lunch will follow at the Bethlehem Lutheran Church. They will be honoring Don Hutar and Marvin Aho this year....

  • Kettle River news

    Marcia Sarvela|May 17, 2024

    There will be a car show 1-3 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Suomalainen Kirkko Cultural Center on Highway 73 and County Road 6 West. The next City council meeting is 7 p.m., Tuesday, May 21 at the Kettle River Senior center. The next Ma & Pa Kettle Days meeting is 6 p.m. Sunday, May 19 at the Kettle River Senior Center. The next Finnish Luncheon is 12 p.m. Tuesday, May 21. Everyone is invited to attend. Come and visit with your friends as you enjoy lunch. Mark your calendar for the Holy Trinity/Faith Lutheran Jump into June early sale, 9 a.m. to 1...

  • Photos: Celebrating Business

    May 10, 2024

    The Cloquet Area Chamber of Commerce held its annual meeting and banquet April 25 at Black Bear Casino Resort.... Full story

  • County Seat offers romantic comedy to remember

    Pine Knot News|May 10, 2024

    The County Seat Theater will present "First Night" by Jack Neary, one weekend only. The tender, sweet, and yet acidly incisively funny romantic comedy will have you leaving the theater feeling warm, remembering the crushes and happy loves of your youth, and dreaming about living it all over again. It's New Year's Eve, 1985. Danny Fleming, in his mid-30s, is about to close up his video store for the evening when into the store pops a woman he believes he remembers from grammar school. What he rem... Full story

  • Wright/Cromwell news

    Jennie K. Hanson|May 10, 2024

    Congratulations to Liz and Tom Kabus, formerly of Wright, on the birth of their fifth son: Waylon Edward, on May 2. His brothers Wyatt, Zachary, Charles, and Jackson welcome him to the family. Congratulations to Oscar Eliason on being inducted into the Polar League Basketball Hall of Fame. Find his acceptance speech on Facebook. Congratulations, also, to the Cromwell-Wright seniors for the recent scholarships they received, including $4,000 for Macie Lind, $3,500 each to Tanner Collman and...

  • Photos: Make-A-Wish Game

    May 10, 2024

    Cloquet High School and Cloquet Middle School student council students, above, raised money for Make-A-Wish Minnesota by sponsoring a high school vs. middle school staff volleyball game, along with other activities during a Make-a-Wish week in March. The student council members are pictured here with their $4,570 donation, raised through ticket sales, a 50/50 raffle and concessions tickets. Staff who participated are in the photo below.... Full story

  • 'Godspell' offers fun and faith

    Jana Peterson|May 3, 2024

    Get your dancing shoes on because New Wine is putting on a party, with Jesus and Judas as the two main characters in an updated version of "Godspell." "Godspell" is a (mostly) joyful musical that tells the story of the Book of Matthew and many of the parables through song. "All the songs are just full of energy, except for a couple tearjerkers," said musical director Jennifer Osborne. Many people will recognize the songs, including "Day by Day" and "Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord," plus at... Full story

  • Ojibwe quiz bowl team has the answers

    May 3, 2024

    The Cloquet High School Ojibwe Quiz Bowl team recently took first place at the Minnesota Indian Education Association's 2024 Ojibwe Quiz Bowl. Next up is the 2024 Lester "Jack" Briggs Regional Quiz Bowl Championship on May 10 at Fond du Lac Tribal and Community College. Although it's not technically a "state" quiz bowl competition, "it might as well be," said Ojibwe teacher and quiz bowl coach Julian Kitto. "All the teams will be there." This school year marked the third year for Cloquet's most...

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